First Responders Feel There Are Repercussions for Seeking Help

When I was a little girl, my grandmother’s best friend had cancer. Everyone whispered the word “cancer.” It was as if you might get it yourself if you said it out loud. Fast forward to today and our professional football players devote a whole month to wearing pink for breast cancer. It is ordinary and normal unlike 40 years ago when was taboo to speak the word.

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The Decon Officer

Decon is the hazardous materials equivalent of catching the hydrant on a structure fire. Everyone wants to be on the nozzle, but if no one is securing the water supply not much is going to get done on a structure fire. On a hazardous materials response, the entry teams cannot be deployed into the Hot Zone until the decon corridor has been established and staffed. The supervision of the decon corridor and all thing pertaining to decon are the responsibility of the Decon Officer.

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Relevant Tags: Hazmat

Let’s Talk HazMat Opportunities

Oftentimes firefighters hear about the chance to join the HazMat team and are immediately transported to their unpleasant experiences with high school chemistry. And while it’s true, understanding chemistry is a fundamental foundation in a HazMat technician’s playbook, standing in a lab coat surrounded by beakers and Bunsen burners is not a requirement of the job. Anytime firefighters are exposed to both chemical and biological hazards, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) classifies that call as a HazMat call. In essence, every call a truck or engine runs may be classified as a HazMat call.

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When Hazmat and Technical Rescue Collide:

When the subject of air monitoring is brought up, it is almost always in the context of hazardous materials response. Rarely do hazardous materials responders discuss air monitoring as an integral (and required) facet of the technical rescue disciplines of confined space entry; and trench rescue and recovery. To ensure the safety of personnel, effective scene operations, and compliance with applicable regulations it is imperative that technical rescue personnel have training in and develop a thorough knowledge of air monitoring techniques.

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Relevant Tags: Hazmat 2020

Managing the Beast Within While Protecting Your Family

The old adage of “you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your relatives” come to mind when thinking about our public safety community. I believe that we can all prove this saying wrong in that by picking your friends in the public safety community you are indeed picking your family.

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Relevant Tags: Responder Mental Health

Are You the Kind of Boss You Would Want to Have?

Several years ago, I had the privilege to spend a weekend learning from Chief Alan Brunacini when he came to the South Piedmont Community College to teach. I even had a larger privilege of spending some one on one time with him and trying to absorb everything I could from him. There was one topic that we discussed that has always stuck with me.

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The 7 Qualities Fire Service Leaders Must Possess

Being Competent

(This is part two of a seven-part series on leadership.)

During this series we will be examining the seven qualities that are necessary for a leader to be successful in leading the organization and the team. Part two will focus on being competent.

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ICS/IMS Command Staff —

When we train on the Incident Management/Incident Command System (ICS/IMS), we often discuss the roles of the general staff — operations, planning, logistics, and finance/administration. However, we spend much less time discussing the importance of the ICS Command Staff. On a complex incident, the IC will be overwhelmed by the amount of information that must be processed in a time compressed environment. Unfortunately, the IC must make timely decisions that have the potential to bring catastrophic consequences. The command staff can take a number of burdens off the IC and keep the IC sane.

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Full-Scale Emergency Exercises: Howdy Partner!

Testing emergency plans for response agencies, governmental entities, businesses, and schools is a must to ensure that plans on paper actually work under emergency conditions. An untested emergency plan is only worth the paper it is printed on. Table-top drills are a great way to look at “big picture” considerations, but there is nothing like conducting a full-scale exercise to test the nuts and bolts of an emergency plan.

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Paramedics are NOT a Commodity

All agencies of all sizes, from mountains to the coast struggle with staffing at times. Recruitment can be difficult for everyone, as all branches of public safety and healthcare struggle with pay scales, work schedules and public opinion. Perhaps we should focus on things we have more control over, such as employee retention. Instead of asking why we cannot find enough qualified applicants perhaps we should instead ask ourselves why do employees leave faster than we can recruit new ones?

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Relevant Tags: NEWS FROM THE NC BUREAU OF EMS

A Few Ideas to Cutting Stress

We are in that time of year for seasonal changes, temperature dips and spikes, deer/turkey/duck seasons, and of course, preparations for the EMS Symposium in Myrtle Beach the first week of March! As we all know, during the holidays both our work and social calendars kick into high gear. Our work became busier in anticipation of time off over the holidays, and there were more social events at work, with friends, and with family to celebrate the season.

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Finding Common Ground

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) delivery systems across our state are just as diverse as the amazing men and women that provide them. While we wrestle with high-level industry questions surrounding our identity as healthcare versus public safety one thing we all have in common is the need for a qualified workforce sufficient to the demands of respective call volumes. Public or private, fire or hospital based, air or ground; we all need well trained and competent personnel, and that is the common ground that can bring us together.

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The Transparency Principal, Stress Testing and Your Retirement

Transparency is truth. When I raised my hand as the 28th Treasurer for the State of North Carolina, I promised to bring transparency, instill this value as a culture in departmental operations, and take the responsibility of holding our staff, vendors and partners accountable for clear, open, truthful information. After all, it’s your money.

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Recruiting and Training the Many Generations

Public Safety faces and addresses numerous issues regarding change in the workforce on a continual basis. In the sixties there was racial tensions that lead to riots across various communities throughout the United States. Today, the umbrella of public safety encompasses so many emergencies that it’s almost unpredictable of what to expect as a first responder.

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Ice Rescue

The time has come for even those of us in the warmer climates to start seeing some occasional cold and ice. The next couple of months brings in calls that we don’t see very often, or for years at a time. Coming from New York it was normal to get lakes, ponds and other bodies of water to freeze over, attracting many kids with their ice skates, sleds and winter toys.

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Passing the Torch

In the rescue service, like any other profession, there comes a time when older rescuers — those who have seen it all and who have been around the block more than a few times — may wonder what is to become of them as their department progresses and things change.

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Shopping for Higher Education

If you have spent this past holiday season shopping for higher education, you are not alone. It would be perfectly understandable if you found it easier to determine the best deal on toilet paper at the grocery store. You would have probably heard Fire Science, Public Safety, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, EM and FESHE. What’s the difference and what is the best route? Well, good news! This article should help you make a more informed decision.

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Developing an Active Shooter Program for Today and Tomorrow

It’s December 2012 and Americans are reeling from the tragic events of the Sandy Hook mass shooting. Politicians and leaders at state and local levels are feeling the pressure of well over a decade of active shooter events that have left emergency services un-equipped to handle such incidents. In response to the pressure, the American College of Surgeons is tasked with bringing together national leaders from the government, emergency medical services, law enforcement and the military. This would become known as the Hartford Consensus.

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Special Inspections:

System Overview

Special inspections were first mandated in the North Carolina Building Code in 2012/IBC 2009. These requirements were listed, along with others, as any building that is considered “essential facility.” The listed projects would require an outside inspection, in addition to the county or local jurisdiction inspections.

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Relevant Tags: The Station House

Avoid Duplication of Spaces to Control Your Construction Costs

The cost of construction, like almost everything, seems to go up every year. Rarely during my 30-year career have I witnessed any expense associated with a building project decrease. When expenses do decrease, they usually accompany serious economic problems, and they usually don’t stay lower for long. Ever-rising costs are powerful motivators for taking every action to reduce your construction costs. One critical step in controlling your construction costs is to not duplicate the activities or spaces needed in your new or renovated facility.

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Relevant Tags: The Station House

Revisiting ‘Green Building’ for Fire Stations

“Green building” is not a new concept, but sustainability in construction has evolved over the past decade. Green building aims to reduce or eliminate adverse effects and create positive impacts on the climate and natural environment during all phases of the building’s construction, as well as in its ongoing operation. As the construction industry strives to preserve valuable natural resources and improve the quality of life for those who occupy the building, green construction practices are increasingly important.

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Drones Enhance Firefighter and Responder Safety

Drones are dramatically impacting the fire service and public safety. The uses have expanded into so many operations and the lists continue to grow. What is most important about drones in the fire service and for responders in general, is that drones enhance SAFETY for the responders!

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High Point Fire Department

Department Name: High Point Fire

County: Guilford — Forsyth, Davidson, Randolph

Type Department: Career/ Paid

Structure: Municipal

ISO: 1

Number of Stations: 14

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City of Lancaster Fire Department

Department Name: City of Lancaster Fire Department

County: Lancaster

Type Department: Combination Department

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Selecting and Training a Public Information Officer

In November, I was fortunate to be invited to join some well-known PIO instructors at Wake Forest University for a Public Information Officer (PIO) Basic Course hosted by the college and Forsyth County Emergency Management. While I attended the class and answered students’ questions, it made me think back to my PIO training over the years and the numerous opportunities for me to improve my PIO skill sets through the many professional development courses offered, many through FEMA. I decided right then and there; what my winter PIO column would be about — so here we are.

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Cancer is Everyone’s Concern

We have known for quite a while now that cancer is affecting firefighters in an unprecedented manner. You can’t go to a conference, class, or website without seeing information on the dangers of cancer and sometimes even recommendations on how to take preventative action. This is good. We are finally getting the message as firefighters. However, there is still a lot of work to do in addressing cancer in the fire service.

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So, What’s Your Excuse?

As I test Firefighters I often hear two excuses.

Excuse No. 1 — I am getting older and therefore shouldn’t be expected to be as fit as the younger firefighters.

Age is not an excuse for being unfit. Everyone can remain fit as they age. Becoming unfit as we age is a result of moving less and often overeating and gaining weight. Epidemiology studies by Steven N. Blair, B.A., M.S., P.E.D., Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, has conducted numerous studies documenting that physical inactivity and low physical fitness are the major health problems of current times.

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What Do You Know About Your Member of Congress?

We are now at the midway point of the 116th Congress and approximately 11,500 pieces of legislation have been introduced in both the House and Senate. A majority of these measures have no hope of receiving floor consideration. Members realize this when they introduce bills, but do so nonetheless in order to please their constituents back home. There are, however, many meaningful bills worthy of consideration by Congress, and yet many of them meet the same fate.

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Industry News

KIMTEK’s New FIRELITE® Answers FD Calls for Rear-winding ReelIn response to requests from fire departments, KIMTEK has introduced the FIRELITE® FHR-205, a new version of its popular FIRELITE® series skid units for use with UTVs. Distinct from KIMTEK’s patient transport units in the FIRELITE series, the FHR-205 skid unit positions the hose reel to wind off to the rear. Constructed of KIMTEK’s signature rugged, high quality aluminum diamond plate and tubing, FHR-205 skid units are durable, attractive, and produced to KIMTEK’s highest standards of manufacturing.

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Belfast-Rosedale Volunteer Fire Dept.

Belfast-Rosedale Volunteer Fire Dept.

2020 Rosenbauer Commercial Top Mount Pumper w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins ISL 350 HP engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 1250 water/20 foam UPF tank, Rosenbauer EZ-Climb ladder.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.
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Gaston Volunteer Fire Dept.

Gaston Volunteer Fire Dept.

2019 Rosenbauer Commander Custom Top Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISL 380 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, Task Force Tips Crossfire Monitor Package.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.
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Goodson Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Dept.

Goodson Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Dept.

2020 Rosenbauer Commercial Sidemount Pumper w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1250 gal. UPF tank, Rosenbauer 3/16” aluminum body

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.
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Herring Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Herring Volunteer Fire and Rescue

2020 Rosenbauer Commercial Rescue w/Freighliner chassis, 12v electric awning canopy, 6,200 watt Smart Power generator, Bauer single bottle SCBA refill station w/(4) DOT 6000 PSI cylinders.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.
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Jonathan Creek Volunteer Fire/Rescue

Jonathan Creek Volunteer Fire/Rescue

2020 Rosenbauer Commercial Top Mount Pumper w/International chassis, Cummins engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, Rosenbauer 3/16” aluminum FX body.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.
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North Chatham Volunteer Fire Dept.

North Chatham Volunteer Fire Dept.

2019 Rosenbauer Comander 101’ Cobra Platform w/Rosenbauer chassis, Cummins ISX 600 HP engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 400 gal. UPF tank, 4 front airbags, IMMI RollTek systems.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.
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County of Roanoke

County of Roanoke

2019 Rosenbauer Commander Custom Side Mount Pumper, Cummins ISX 505 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF tank, FireCom (6) position intercom system.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.
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County of Roanoke

County of Roanoke

2020 Rosenbauer Maverick Commerical Tanker w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1250 GPM Waterous pump, 1800 gal. UPF tank, Fire Research Evolution LED scene lighting.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.
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Sidney Volunteer Fire Dept.

Sidney Volunteer Fire Dept.

2020 Rosenbauer Commercial Top Mount Tanker w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins engine, 1250 GPM Waterous pump, 1500 UPF tank, internal storage for ladders, drop tank.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.
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Town of Burgaw Fire Department

Town of Burgaw Fire Department

2020 Rosenbauer Custom Side Mount Pumper, Cummins ISX 15 engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 1000/20 UPF tank, Weldon V-Mux multiplex system, FoamPro electronic foam system.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.
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Wittenburg Volunteer Fire Dept.

Wittenburg Volunteer Fire Dept.

2020 Rosenbauer Commercial Side Mount Pumper w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins ISL 330 HP engine, 1500 Hale pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, Fire Research Spectra LED scene lighting.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.
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Big Marsh Fire Department

Big Marsh Fire Department

2019 Anchor-Richey EVS 12 Ft. Transverse Flatbed Custom Brush Truck w/Chevrolet chassis, diesel engine, Hale diesel pump w/Kubota engine, 300 gal. UPF tank, custom winch system.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS
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Reems Creek Fire Department

Reems Creek Fire Department

2019 Anchor-Richey EVS 12 Ft. Multi-Purpose Responder F550 Standard Cab w/Ford chassis, diesel engine, Hale diesel pump w/Kubota engine, 300 gal. UPF tank, winch system.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS
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Shiloh Fire Department

Shiloh Fire Department

2020 T370 Tanker Body Remount w/Kenworth chassis, diesel engine, remount customer’s tanker body to a new chassis and upgrade. Drop tank compartment.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS
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Oak City Volunteer Fire Department

Oak City Volunteer Fire Department

2019 Ford F550 B-6 Chaparral Xtreme Brush Truck w/Chastang Ford, 6.7L power stroke V8 turbo diesel engine, Rowe RPM2 w/Kubota diesel 24 HP engine pump, 600 gal. polypropylene tank.

Provided By Blanchat Mfg., Inc.
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Huntersville Fire Department

Huntersville Fire Department

2019 Seagrave Aerialscope 95’ Tower Ladder w/Seagrave chassis, Cummings X12 engine, 1300 GPM tank, compressed air foam system, parapet wall descend capability.

Provided By Seagrave Carolina
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Wingate Fire Department

Wingate Fire Department

Heavy Rescue, 2000 Pierce Quantum repurposed cab and chassis, 20 ft. Hackney 11 compartment body w/drop pinch frame construction, Onan 25-Kw PTO generator, Whelen LED lights.

Provided By Hackney Emergency Vehicles
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Raleigh Durham Airport Fire Dept.

Raleigh Durham Airport Fire Dept.

Pierce Freightliner Pumper w/Cummins L9 330 HP engine, 26” underslung “Chicago” style bumper, Waterous CXPA 1250 GPM single stage pump, 750 gal. poly tank, Allison 3000 EVS transmission.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions
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Cary Fire Department

Cary Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Aerial Tiller w/DDC DD13, 525 HP, 1850 Ib-ft engine, Waterous S100 1500 GPM pump, 60” cab, 13” extended front bumper, 76,600 GVWR.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions
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Cherokee Fire Department

Cherokee Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer 107’ Aerial w/DDC DD13, 525 HP, 1850 lb-ft engine, Hale QMAX-200, 2000 GPM single stage pump, 50” side control pump house, 19” extended front bumper, 500 gal. poly tank.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions
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Cherokee Fire Department

Cherokee Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Heavy Duty Rescue w/DDC DD13, 525 HP, 1850 lb-ft engine, 13” extended front bumper, side roll and front impact protection, HiViz LED lighting, 52,360 GVWR.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions
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Ayden Fire Department

Ayden Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9, 380 HP, 1150 lb-ft engine, 60” cab with 10” raised roof, 22” extended bumper, Husky 3 foam system, Hale QMAX-150 1500 GPM pump.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions
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Lovelady Fire/Rescue

Lovelady Fire/Rescue

Pierce Enforcer Dry Side Tanker w/DDC DD13, 525 HP, 1850 lb-ft engine, 2500 gal. tank, Waterous CXSK 1250 GPM single stage pump, 70,800 GVWR, HiVix LED lighting.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions
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